Being old1, I often have no idea what the emojis mean that my children, wife, and younger friends send me. A simple Workflow workflow2 translates these for me. It’s simple because Workflow already has an action that translates the emojis. This workflow just takes the clipboard text, strips any non-emoji text3, and displays the text translation of anything remaining. Having the workflow in the widget screen means translation is always 1-2 swipes and a tap away.

  1. Older than 26. 

  2. I wish they’d named these differently. TextExpander has snippets and Keyboard Maestro has macros. 

  3. To save time rather than carefully selecting only the emoji.